UA Boys Basketball In State Tournament

In Uncategorized on March 16, 2014 at 10:42 pm

In 1937 the Upper Arlington Boys Basketball team earned its first – and to date, only-  Ohio state title championship. That drought could end this weekend.

In 1937 the team was coached by Walter B. Heischman, a former standout basketball player at Capital University.  In 1996 Walter Heischman  was added to Upper Arlington’s Wall of Honor.  In addition to bringing home a state title in basketball, he also coached a state title-winning golf team.  Mr. Heischman was a science teacher, the first principal of the “new” Barrington Elementary, and later served as Superintendent for the Upper Arlington schools.

As we await the results of this weekend’s state tournament, we look back at the winning 1937 team and its coach.

Go Bears!

Family Stories Help Children’s Well-Being

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2013 at 6:40 pm


My father, John Circle, is the handsome little dark-haired boy sitting with his knees up in the bottom left of the frame. This photo was taken in Oak Hill, Ohio in June 1928 when he was six-years-old.  Surrounding him is his extended Jones family.  The Welsh clan had gathered for the Eisteddfod, an ancient festival tradition which dates back to the 12th century, and celebrates literature, music and performance.

Let’s hear it for the family historian!  Every family has one; the person who is the keeper of family records, photos and stories. Well, the family historian’s work is being validated in a recent study. Researchers have learned that knowing family history is a very important contributor to a child’s well-being.


“Family stories provide a sense of identity through time, and help children understand who they are in the world,” say the study’s researchers, Emory psychologists Robyn Fivush and Marshall Duke, and former Emory graduate student Jennifer Bohanek. Their paper, “Do You Know? The Power of Family History in Adolescent Identity and Well-Being” was published in Emory’s online Journal of Family Life.

So bring out those family history tales at the dinner table or in the car on a vacation—and rest assured your child will be better off for knowing them.

Upper Arlington Memories

In Uncategorized on October 9, 2013 at 10:22 pm

UA Memories has launched!  In cooperation with the Upper Arlington Historical Society, Circle of Life Histories has created an online forum to share memories of life in Upper Arlington.  So if you have spent anytime living in Upper Arlington in the last 97 years, you have a memory to share!

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